Divas of Mozart's Day: Arias Made To Measure

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Composers and divas both needed to make some complicated calculations when writing—or singing—new material in 1780s Vienna. Is an aria the personal fingerprint of the diva, or a custom-made garment to suit a specific event? We will take a glimpse into the musical lives of five of the greatest divas of 1780s Vienna through arias tailored to their talents by Mozart, Salieri, Martin y Soler, Cimarosa, and others. The presentation will include live and recorded examples.